Healthcare Articles

Seeking a second opinion: When, why, and how?

If a physician recommends a heart-related surgery or procedure, patients might consider seeking a second opinion, especially if they have questions they feel are not being addressed in a way they can understand. Two common examples include a coronary artery bypass and a heart valve repair or replacement. Most doctors are not offended when this happens and may even welcome another expert’s thoughts in high risk cases. Health insurance companies rarely refuse to cover a second opinion consultation, but people should check their plans to see if the visit and any additional costs will be covered. (Locked) More »

Tips to find a new doctor

It helps to turn to friends and Internet sources when searching for a new primary care physician. But it’s also important to ask a new doctor questions about his or her approach to care, how long it takes to get an appointment, and how to contact the doctor after hours. A prospective patient should note if it feels comfortable speaking with the doctor and if the doctor is answering questions clearly. If the doctor doesn’t seem to be a good match, one should keep looking. (Locked) More »

Easy ways to spot health scams

Untested remedies promising to treat or cure everything from arthritis to aging are considered health scams. Older adults are often vulnerable to them. Common scams include bogus dietary supplements and gadgets that promise to cure disease. The first tip-off to a health scam is advertising that uses terms such as quick fix, miracle, secret, cure, and breakthrough—or that promises to relieve medical problems. Before trying one of these products, one should check make sure it’s safe by checking with a doctor. (Locked) More »

Should you have an annual pelvic exam?

Expert groups disagree over the value of an annual pelvic exam for healthy women without symptoms of pelvic diseases. Women should discuss the potential risks and benefits as well as their personal preferences with their doctors. (Locked) More »

Stay healthy at the hospital

: Whether people go in for surgery, testing, or an outpatient procedure, a hospital stay can pose further health risks. While potential risks depend in part on why someone has to go into the hospital and the facility itself, there are steps a person can take to minimize risk, especially when it comes to developing hospital-acquired infections that can lead to a longer hospital stay or readmission. (Locked) More »

Easier access to hearing aids

The FDA announced in December 2016 that it would no longer enforce the requirement that adults receive a medical evaluation or sign a waiver prior to purchasing most hearing aids. More »